The Rules of the Holiday Office Party

by Joe Lavelle on December 3, 2010

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It’s that time of the year again; the time is supposed to be one of great merriment and laughter, but is often anticipated with nervousness and perhaps even dread.  No, I’m not referring to Christmas dinner with your relatives or shopping for gifts at the outlet mall on a Saturday afternoon.  Instead, I am thinking of the annual office party.  It’s the event that provides great material for television sitcoms and regrets that can last well into the new year.  A recent article by Eve Tahminciolgu shares some tips on how to make the most of the holiday festivities with co-workers.

Among her great advice, Ms. Tahmincioglu offers the following:

1. Don’t drink too much.  A poll done by staffing company Adecco reported that fourteen percent of respondents knew someone who had been fired due to inappropriate, likely alcohol-induced, behavior at a company party.  You are still at work, even if you are not in the office, and you must remain professional.

2. Don’t complain about work.  This second piece of advice may very well be tied to the first.  These parties are not meant to serve as a casual opportunity for you to gripe about your boss.  After all, he or she is probably the one paying for all of that great food!

The article includes many more important points, and makes note of the fact that an overwhelming number of employees would prefer a nice bonus to a great office party.  But, since the reality is that most of us will attend or even plan an office Christmas party this year, let’s make sure we do it right.

What advice do you have concerning how to navigate the tricky waters of office parties?  Share some of your “dos” and “don’ts” with us!

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